• Dale Bowman

ICAST: Some thoughts & best-of honors

I don't think it is an accident that eddyline kayaks (the lower case is the case in both words) took both best of show in boat and overall with its C-135 YakAttack Edition.

The YouTube video is from

Kayaks are the cutting edge in fishing right now.

I put the complete list below of winners from the annual gathering put on the American Sportfishing Association. I hope next year that the Stray Casts crew makes a full appearance in Orlando at the 2016 International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST).

Hopefully, Bobby Bergren will weigh in on some of the products. I know he knows some of them already.

Sportfishing Industry Presents the ICAST 2015 “Best of Show” Awards

eddlyline wins “Best of Show” during the world’s largest sportfishing trade show

Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL – July 15, 2015 – The world’s largest sportfishing trade show, the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST, is being held July 14 – 17, at the Orange County Convention Center Orlando, Fla. Produced by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), the industry’s trade association, ICAST – in its 58th year as the industry’s trade show – is the annual destination for the global recreational fishing industry. More than 12,000 representatives from the global sportfishing industry are in Orlando to see the latest innovations in tackle, gear, accessories and apparel.

The single most important feature for ICAST exhibitors and attendees alike is the New Product Showcase. The New Product Showcase, sponsored by Fishing Tackle Retailer, embodies the sportfishing industry’s innovative and entrepreneurial spirit and rewards that ingenuity through the “Best of Show” new product awards competition.

This year, 270 companies submitted 889 products in the New Product Showcase, all vying for the “Best of Show” award in 24 categories and for the overall ICAST 2015 “Best of Show” award.

Making up a special section of ICAST’s half a million gross square feet show floor, the New Product Showcase provides special visibility for the industry’s latest innovations in gear, apparel and accessories.

Best of Show Awards

This year, first time exhibitor eddyline kayaks and their C-135 YakAttack Edition, was voted by buyers and media as the best product in both the Boat category and the overall “Best of Show.”

“We are still a family-owned company, after 44 years,” said Tom Remsing, eddyline kayaks Sales manager. “With limited resources and a lot of drive, our staff worked very hard to bring this product to fruition. It’s an honor to win the Best of Show.”

This year’s New Product Showcase winner’s also included first-time ICAST exhibitors Under Armour, Lifeshirt, RinseKit and YOLOtek.

“I congratulate all of the winners and everyone who participated in the New Product Showcase. Every year it’s amazing to see all the creativity and ingenuity our member companies use to add curiosity, excitement and discovery to the adventure of fishing,” said ASA President and CEO Mike Nussman. “I also thank Fishing Tackle Retailer for their sponsorship of this important event.”

The ICAST 2015 “Best of Show” awards were presented on Wednesday, July 15, during the Chairman’s Industry Awards Reception, sponsored byCosta, at the Orange County Convention Center.

2015 ICAST New Product Showcase Award Winners

For product details, images and other information please contact the individual award winners’ contacts listed below.

ICAST 2015 Overall Best of Show – eddyline kayaks Product: eddyline C-135 YakAttack Edition

Best of Show – Freshwater Rod – G. Loomis, Inc. Product: E6X Bass

Best of Show – Saltwater Rod – St. Croix Rods Product: Avid Inshore

Best of Show – Fly Fishing Rod – St. Croix Rods Product: Mojo Bass Fly

Best of Show – Freshwater Reel – Shimano American Corporation Product: STRADIC C3000HG-K

Best of Show – Saltwater Reel – Pure Fishing, Inc. Product: PENN Clash

Best of Show – Fly Reel – Pure Fishing, Inc. Product: New Pflueger Medalist Fly Reel

Best of Show – Hard Lure – Savage Gear Product: Hard Shrimp

Best of Show – Soft Lure – Koppers Fishing Product: LIVETARGET Hollow Body Sunfish

Best of Show – Lifestyle Apparel – Under Armour, Inc. Product: UA Storm Covert Pant

Best of Show – Technical Apparel – Lifeshirt Product: Aegis Lifeshirt

Best of Show – Boating Accessories – YETI Coolers Product: YETI Hopper 20

Best of Show – Boats – eddyline kayaks Product: eddyline C-135 YakAttack Edition

Best of Show – Combo – Lew’s Fishing Tackle Product: Mach 1 Combo

Best of Show – Electronics –Johnson Outdoors Product: Humminbird HELIX 7 SI

Best of Show – Eyewear – Costa Product: Rooster

Best of Show – Fishing Accessory – RinseKit Product: RinseKit

Best of Show – FishSmart – Release Ruler Product: Freshwater Release Rulers

Best of Show – Fly Fishing Accessory – Simms Fishing Products Product: G3 Guide Stockingfoot

Best of Show – Footwear – Simms Fishing Products Product: Current Shoes

Best of Show – Giftware – YOLOtek Product:PowerStick

Best of Show – Kids’ Tackle – Steinhauser, LLC Product: Tangle-FREE Combo

Best of Show – Line – PowerPro Product: Maxcuatro

Best of Show – Tackle Management – Eposeidon Outdoor Adventures, Inc. Product: KastKing Rack ‘em Up Rod Racks

Best of Show – Terminal Tackle – Eagle Claw Fishing Tackle Product: Lazer Sharp Fillet Knife

ICAST 2016 will be held at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla., July 12 – 15, 2016.

For complete ICAST information, visit


The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) is the sportfishing industry’s trade association committed to representing the interests of the entire sportfishing community. We give the industry a unified voice, speaking out on behalf of sportfishing and boating industries, state and federal natural resource agencies, conservation organizations, angler advocacy groups and outdoor journalists when emerging laws and policies could significantly affect sportfishing business or sportfishing itself. ASA invests in long-term ventures to ensure the industry will remain strong and prosperous, as well as safeguard and promote the enduring social, economic and conservation values of sportfishing in America. ASA also gives America’s 60 million anglers a voice in policy decisions that affect their ability to sustainably fish on our nation’s waterways throughKeepAmericaFishing™, our angler advocacy campaign. America’s anglers generate over $48 billion in retail sales with a $115 billion impact on the nation’s economy creating employment for more than 828,000 people.

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